It’s been quite a while since I began DIY-ing. I found myself bored with all the spare time I had once I retired, so I had to find something to occupy myself with. People tend to think that being retired is all fun and games as you finally get to sit back and relax, but active individuals like myself might get bored a lot.
Of course, doing this and that in the garden is extremely satisfying especially as I get to eat the veggies with my family. However, sometimes all of this is not enough. I figured I could make some money on the side if I got into DIY-ing. Initially, I thought of building a workshop or at least turning part of my basement or garage into one. I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of money on this endeavor, though, so I quickly came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to become a hardcore metal or woodworker.
Popular Mechanics is a site I check out once in a while, and they have loads of articles on tools, whether they require power or not. I was befuddled with the variety of things one apparently needs when organizing a new workshop, and since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on all of these items, I eventually came to the conclusion that I needed a mini drill press. One the one hand, it doesn’t take up too much space on a work table or bench, which was ideal for me.
Some of the things I had to consider were the size, the ribbing, the construction, and of course, the type of drills it came with. You can work on anything with this type of machine, so if you have some spare glass or if, like myself, you’ve collected tiny rocks from the beach over the years, you can make some nice pairs of earrings. Provided that you utilize the right drills, you can even use shells.
Something I have to emphasize is that you’ll need to invest a bit of time into researching the matter. You need to make sure that you are using the drill press properly and that you have the right protective equipment for the task. It’s critical to get a model made out of metal as it can withstand the test of time and allow you to rest assured that everything will go exactly as planned, without you having to worry about ruining the tool.
Use lubricant every time as it can both prolong the life of the bit and make the whole drilling easier. I would recommend utilizing the lubricant suggested by the manufacturing brand.